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Influence of Sports Equipment on Sci-Fi and Fantasy Designs

Discussion in 'General Hobby/Tabletop Chat' started by Karak Norn Clansman, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. Karak Norn Clansman
    Chameleon Skink

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    Back when Games Workshop released the first plastic Cadians, I wondered why their flak armour did not fully cover their guts. As someone engrossed in history, including historical armour, it always seemed odd. When browsing skis and protective gear in a sports supply store that was shutting down some years ago, it quickly became apparent where that design came from: Chest protective gear from motocross, and in particular protective kit in American football.

    Are there other examples of modern sports equipment influencing aesthetic design in science fiction and fantasy? Please share and illustrate with pictures along with text.

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    Never really looked at the Cadians that way until you mentioned it.

    Then again, GW has plenty of even more overt sports references in the material... and in the specialist games!

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    Also found this EPIC Lizardmen Blood Bowl terrain setup... I love the scenery on the edges!

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    It looks like the creator built the temple on the left side as a giant dice-roller box! So cool!
     
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    So in game design, we look at how weaponry and armor changes over time. The funny thing about lots of modern sports equipment is it takes on a futuristic look because we are able to perform sophisticated tests to see if it will resist impact better. The same close fitting framework that you see in a football pad over the chest has the same weight distribution properties as what you might assume an Imperial Guardsmen would wear.
     
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    Slann

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    That blood bowl pitch is the bomb
     
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    Agreed. I love the dice temples and the spawning pool.
     
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    Slann

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    That temple is a dice tower?!?!?!?
     
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    Yes! Check out the one on the far left: the box is open on the top to toss the dice in, then they tumble out the front!
     
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    Slann

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    OMG that's amazing!
     

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